GIZ hands over the Nagaland State Water Policy
The Nagaland Water policy, technically-supported by GIZ’s programme Climate Change Adaptation for North-Eastern Region, was handed over to the state officials on February 2, 2016 at Kohima, Nagaland. The document was presented by the Chief Secretary of Nagaland Shri Pankaj Kumar. He stressed on the need for water conservation and how he felt its importance ever since since his first posting at Tuensang. Owing to the unique hydrological, social and legal context of Nagaland, a state- specific water policy is considered critical.
Highlighting the various problems faced in Nagaland such as pollution of local water bodies, climate change and rapid urbanisation, he advised the robust participation of the Rural Development Department in making the policy work. He said that the line departments, involved with water resources, at first step will observe the policy and then will be seeking the cabinet’s approval. He was hopeful that there will be some achievements for the policy in the upcoming budget session.
Experts from GIZ made power-point presentations on the process followed in drafting the NWP. Among those present were - Commissioner and Secretary, Soil & Water Conservation Department Shri T. Nungsang and Agriculture Production Commissioner, Commissioner and Secretary, Agriculture Shri Imkonglemba IAS - who also chaired the programme.